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Alice DeLamar
(April 23, 1895 - August 31, 1983) USA

Alice DeLamar

Heiress

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Alice DeLamar was the lesbian heiress to Joseph Raphael De Lamar. She was born in New York City to Joseph Raphael De Lamar and Nellie Sands. She was their only child. After she was born the family moved to Paris, where she lived until she and her father moved back to New York City in 1900. Late in the 1900s, DeLamar was put into the Spence School. Her parents divorced in 1910, and her father gained custody of her.

After she graduated from the Spence School, DeLamar and Evangeline Johnson, one of her schoolmates, volunteered for the Red Cross Motor Corps in Europe during World War I. Alice's father, died December 1, 1918, making her the inheritor of $10 million (equivalent to $159,225,664 in 2016) and was subsequently called the richest bachelor girl in the United States. Preferring a simpler life, she eschewed the family mansion for a Park Avenue apartment following her father's death.

DeLamar was a patron of the arts and supported the careers of architects, artists, choreographers and writers, but she often preferred to remain anonymous when making financial donations. She commissioned Ida Tarbell to write a book about architect Addison Mizner, that was illustrated by photographs of Frank Geisler, when Mizner was experiencing financial difficulties. She oversaw the work, including selecting images for the book.

Beginning in 1936, she operated a restaurant in Weston, the Cobbs Mill Inn, where members of the arts dined. She purchased and renovated properties along Newtown Turnpike near her home in Connecticut that she then leased out to artists that she encouraged. In Palm Beach, Florida, she opened the Worth Avenue Gallery in 1942. It was an art gallery that promoted the works of up-and-coming artists.

For six decades, DeLamar was Eva Le Gallienne's lover and financial supporter. She backed plays and she is believed to have provided funding for the Civic Repertory Theatre established by Le Gallienne in New York City.

While seeking treatment for liver cancer, DeLamar hit her head when she fell in the South Norwalk hospital, which led to her death. Her remains were cremated and buried in West Palm Beach. A large portion of her estate went to Harvard, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins Universities, in accordance with her father's will. La Gallienne received $1 million or a quarter of her estate, including the land and house that DeLamar purchased for her.

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